Press Releases


Burr and Tillis Mourn the Loss of Military Personnel in Florida Crash

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) made the following statement on the loss of seven U.S. Marines, stationed at Camp Lejeune (N.C.), and four Louisiana National Guard air crewmembers in a helicopter crash at the Florida panhandle: "This tragedy reminds us of the great risks our men and women in uniform take every day. We cannot forget the sacrifices they make on our behalf to defend our freedom. Our prayers are with their families and we will remember their se… Continue Reading


Cybersecurity Bill Passes Intel Committee 14-1

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) today voted the bill, "Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015," through committee on a vote of 14 to 1. This original legislation, which is co-sponsored by SSCI Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), creates additional incentives to increase sharing of cybersecurity threat information while protecting individual privacy and civil liberties interests and offering liability protection to the private sector.… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Committee to Consider Cybersecurity Bill Tomorrow

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) will hold a closed business meeting to mark up the bill, "Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015," on Thursday, March 12th at 2:30 p.m. This original legislation, which is co-sponsored by SSCI Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), creates additional incentives to increase sharing of cybersecurity threat information while protecting individual privacy and civil liberties interests and offering liability p… Continue Reading


Burr and Manchin Introduce Bill to Reduce Veteran Homelessness

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Homeless Veterans Prevention Act of 2015. This legislation would build on existing homeless veterans programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by investing in established programs that are proven to be effective and removing any residual barriers to housing for veterans. "It is heartbreaking that we still have almost 50,000 homeless veterans in this country," said Senator Burr. "This legislation will help us red… Continue Reading


Burr Condemns ATF Framework Limiting Sporting Ammo

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) joined the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and 51 colleagues in expressing concern with a new proposal that would severely limit access to rifle ammunition primarily used for sporting purposes. This class of ammunition is protected from prohibition under a 1986 Law Enforcement Officer Protection Act exemption. The framework, proposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), would set arbitrary guideline… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Chairman Burr: “Unfortunate that Netanyahu had to Ask” for US Support

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), made the following statement following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to the United States Congress: "Today, Prime Minister Netanyahu asked for America's unwavering support for Israel, our friend and ally in a tumultuous region. It's unfortunate the Prime Minister even had to ask. Over the last six years, I have watched this Administration's foreign policy failures in the Middle Eas… Continue Reading


Analysis Shows Patient CARE Act Better For Patients And Taxpayers Than Obamacare

=Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) issued the following statement regarding the release of the independent Center for Health and Economy analysis of the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act. The Center for Health and Economy found that the Patient CARE Act would lower premiums, improve access to providers, increase medical productivity, and reduce the n… Continue Reading


Burr Unveils Legislation To Ease Red Tape On Colleges

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) late yesterday introduced his"Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory Relief Act", a bill that eases the recent regulations placed on colleges and universities over the last six years. Traditionally, states and independent accrediting bodies handled these issues but the recent wave of new regulations have imposed federal standards that unnecessarily restrict choice and increase costs. This month, an independent report found that the cost of Washington's … Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Obama's Veto of Keystone XL

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the President's veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act. The Keystone Bill passed the Senate 62 to 36 and passed the House 266 to 153. "The President has vetoed Congress's first jobs bill of 2015, Keystone XL. The legislation is a bipartisan, commonsense measure that garnered support with the American people and was granted a favorable ruling by the President's State Department." "It's clear from the President's fi… Continue Reading


Upton, Hatch, and Burr Seek Ideas from Governors on Patient CARE Act

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC),House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) today sent a letter to the nation's governors seeking feedback on their recently released Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act. The Patient CARE Act is a patient-focused legislative blueprint that devolves power from Washington to empower families, small businesses, and states. "We believe health care reform wil… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement On The Passing Of Former Rep. Cass Ballenger

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the passing of former Representative Cass Ballenger (R-NC): "It was my honor to count Cass as a mentor, friend and colleague," said Senator Burr. "Cass was wholly dedicated to serving the people of North Carolina and I often look to the example he set in his sincere attention to his constituents. As a lawmaker, he was knowledgeable and careful, insisting on understanding all angles of an issue before making a plan, as evidenced … Continue Reading


Senate Passes Resolution Celebrating The Life Of North Carolina Legend, Dean Smith

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution (S. Res 79), honoring the life of Dean Smith, the legendary coach of the University of North Carolina's basketball team. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the resolution this week following his passing on Sunday. Smith led the UNC Chapel Hill basketball team to multiple national championships and remained a beloved leader in North Carolina after his retirement. "Coach Smith was a leader on and off the court," said … Continue Reading


Veteran's Assistance Bill, "Clay Hunt SAV Act," Becomes Law

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the Presidential signing of H.R. 203, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, into law. "Our veterans have made countless sacrifices on behalf of this country and they deserve better. The Clay Hunt SAV Act will provide much-needed resources to combat the epidemic of veteran suicide," said Senator Burr. "I could not be more pleased to see my legislation signed into law today and I will continue to suppo… Continue Reading


Bipartisan group Of Senators Announces Report On Simplifying Federal Regulations For America's 6,000 Colleges And Universities

, Feb. 12 - A bipartisan group of senators on the Senate education committee, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), today announced a report detailing ways Congress and the Department of Education could streamline and reduce federal regulations for America's 6,000 colleges and universities, while protecting students and taxpayers. Chairman Alexander also announced a hearing to discuss the findings of the report on Febru… Continue Reading


Finance Committee Approves Bennet-Burr Bill To Level Playing Field For LNG

The Senate Finance Committee today approved a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) to put liquefied natural gas (LNG) on equal footing with diesel fuel under the federal highway excise tax. The bill would allow LNG to compete fairly with diesel by taxing LNG on energy output rather than per gallon. Congress shouldn't be in the business of picking winners and losers - this legislation would ensure that natural gas is on the same playing field … Continue Reading


Burr Statement On The Deaths Of Three In Chapel Hill

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after news of three deaths in Chapel Hill, NC yesterday evening: "Last night's tragic events have left three dead and our community in mourning. My prayers are with their families. I have faith that law enforcement will assemble the facts and ensure that justice is carried out on behalf of those murdered."… Continue Reading


Veterans Bill Heads To The President's Desk, McConnell Praises Burr's Leadership

Yesterday, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) attended the signing of H.R. 203, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, in an enrollment ceremony with House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Clay Hunt's parents, Susan and Richard Selke. This bipartisan legislation addresses the epidemic of veteran suicide, expanding veterans' access to critical mental health care and resources. "Our veterans deserve the best care, and it's all too frequent that our … Continue Reading


As Trade Talks Continue, Bipartisan Group of Senators Unveils Bill to Stand Up For American Jobs by Addressing Currency Manipulation

As Congress prepares to review the Administration's trade agenda, a bipartisan group of senators unveiled legislation to stand up for American jobs and American manufacturers by holding accountable countries - like China - that cheat trade law by manipulating their currency. U.S. Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), outlined The Currency Undervaluation Investigation Act,legislation tha… Continue Reading


Senator Burr's Statement On The Passing Of Dean Smith

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the passing of Dean Smith: "Dean Smith's accomplishments as coach, mentor, and teacher made him a legend in our state, and far beyond Tobacco Road. Brooke and I are deeply saddened to hear of his passing, but he left his indelible mark on this state. Under his stewardship, UNC became the formidable college basketball powerhouse that it is today. While he was a winning coach, he also encouraged his players to excel in th… Continue Reading


Bipartisan Senators Introduce Legislation To Close Loophole On Military Sexual Assault Reporting

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) introduced legislation to close a legal loophole that currently enables sex offenders convicted under the Uniform Military Code of Justice (UCMJ) to evade registration with the National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR). In August, the Department of Defense Inspector General completed an investigation of sexual offender tracking in the military, noting the alarmingly low self-reporting rates and providing a list of suggested solutions for impr… Continue Reading

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